BBM for Android pushed hard by Samsung (PhonesReview)
It has been a while now since it was announced that the popular BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) Messenger service was going to be released to both the Android and iOS platforms, which was a move that surprised a lot of watchers at the time. Now BBM for Android is being pushed hard by Samsung ahead of its imminent release. The app is expected to arrive sometime this month and it has already been seen running on both platforms in public, although there has been some questions raised over the timing of the release of BBM for Android and iOS.
‘Final Test for BlackBerry’ in India (WSJ)
Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) has launched its 9720 cellphone handset in India, priced at 15,990 (US$252) per unit. The latest handset works on an updated version of BlackBerry’s BB7 software, after a muted response towards its more recent BB10 software. The updated software allows users to swipe to unlock the phone and to access the camera from the locked screen. BlackBerry India’s managing director, Sunil Lalvani, said in a statement Thursday that the 9720 is aimed at urban youth and first-time smartphone buyers upgrading from a basic handset.
Microsoft may buy BlackBerry (Investors)
The top software maker looms as a possible buyer for troubled BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY), investment bank Jefferies said. It would be the 2nd big acquisition of a smartphone maker by Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), which Sept. 2 said it had agreed to buy the cellphone unit of Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:NOK) for $7.2 bil. With Nokia and BlackBerry, it would be the No. 3 handset maker behind Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Samsung, which uses Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android operating system. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) shares fell 0.2% to 32.69. BlackBerry was flat. Apple fell 1.1% to 472.69.
BlackBerry heads to Ottawa in bid to clear path for future deal (TheGlobeAndMail)
BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) is stepping up its lobbying efforts in Ottawa in a bid to smooth regulatory hurdles if the company can find a foreign buyer for its struggling business. The Waterloo, Ont.-based smartphone maker recently added the Investment Canada Act to its discussion topics with government officials under the lobbying registry, which previously included a number of topics ranging from intellectual property legislation to tax policy, law enforcement and other subjects.